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    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s becoming a familiar sight: chaos in the Loop. It happened again Saturday night with large crowds, a shooting and beatings. An officer was left with a broken arm, and police arrested more 21 young people. Dozens flooded the streets near Millennium Park in a similar sight to last summer. A Chicago Transit Authority bus driver was beaten in the road and injured. A teenager was shot in the arm when a gunman fired after the victim bumped into him. A convenience store worker was also punched in the face. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Monday Brings Wind, Blast Of Cold AirOf the 21 arrested, at least one — a 15-year-old — is facing a felony battery charge. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke out on what needs to change, while others have their own solutions. “We shouldn’t have to get to that point, but if we do, we will,” she said. Lightfoot said when the chaos erupted one tactic used by police was to push people toward trains to go home from Millennium Park where they were gathered. READ...
    Though cold and miserable Chicago weather certainly isn’t news to anyone, the freezing rain and gusty temperatures Sunday at Soldier Field had some Bears fans dreaming about a new stadium outside the city. In September, the Bears signed a $197.2 million purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, a move that takes the team a step closer toward securing property for a new stadium in Arlington Heights and leaving their longtime home near downtown Chicago. Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals didn’t near any records, but fans sat through freezing rain and biting winds, according to the National Weather Service. The coldest recorded Bears game was in 2008, when temperatures hit 2 degrees. No plans have been officially announced for a new stadium, but many fans on Twitter talked about the possibility that it would come with a roof to block out the snow and rain that sometimes pummels players and fans at Soldier Field. The majority of NFL stadiums are open-air, but a number of newer stadiums are equipped with fixed or retractable roofs. “I hope...
    Large sections of seats sat empty as the clock ticked down Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, with fans fleeing not only the cold, rainy weather but also another miserable Chicago Bears loss. As Bears rookie Justin Fields sat out with broken ribs, veteran Andy Dalton threw four interceptions on the way to a 33-22 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals scored three touchdowns and made a field goal on the drives following the interceptions, including touchdowns after picks on the Bears’ first two drives. The result was the Bears sixth loss in seven games and eighth overall. While the Cardinals welcomed back quarterback Kyler Murray and top wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from injuries, the 4-8 Bears were missing multiple stars, including Fields, who was not medically cleared to play after being limited in practice all week. Outside linebacker Khalil Mack is out for the season. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and wide receiver Allen Robinson missed their third straight games with injuries. Those absences made an upset of the now 10-2 Cardinals an unlikely dream. ...
    The Chicago Bears are going nowhere fast and they should do Matt Nagy a favor by putting him out of his misery. The writing is on the wall for Chicago Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy, who will certainly be fired as soon as the season concludes. Chicago fell to the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 this afternoon to drop to 4-8 on the season, making a long-shot playoff berth even more unlikely than it was at the start of Week 13. There were reports prior to the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions that Nagy was going to be fired after that contest only for the organization to quickly refute them. Chicago has never fired a coach in-season, a tradition they would break by firing Nagy now, but it seems silly to prolong his tenure any further at this point.Why firing Matt Nagy now makes sense for the BearsThings could get ugly quick for Nagy with the Bears set to renew the NFL’s oldest rivalry on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, who will be coming off a...
    After two brothers spent hours telling a jury how Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago, the big question when the actor's trial resumes Monday will be whether or not he will tell his side of the story. Attorneys rarely announce whether or not their clients will take the stand before they actually call them to testify, and Smollett's attorneys have not made their plans public. The reasons why Smollett might want to testify begin with just how bizarre the case is. During the trial that started last Monday, what emerged was the story of a television star who cast two brothers as his attackers, gave them dialogue to recite, and paid for the rope he told them to fashion into a noose and loop around his neck. As strange as that sounds, it is the only narrative that has come to the jury from the siblings, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo. And some legal experts say the only chance Smollett has of beating charges that he lied to the...
    After moving past rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status, the Chicago Bears had a week of relative peace following their Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions. Now the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals come to town to try to disturb that calm. We’ve got Week 13 updates all day from Soldier Field. Get the latest Bears news on your phone, desktop and inbox Be the first to read Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears each week Week 13 inactives announced Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith is active Sunday against the Cardinals. Smith missed practices Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury but returned in a limited capacity Friday. He worked out at Soldier Field hours before the game to test out his hamstring before the Bears made the decision. Bears rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins also is active for his first NFL game after the Bears activated him Saturday. Jenkins missed training camp and the first 11 games after having back surgery. Bears quarterback Justin Fields and wide receiver Allen...
    Justin Fields’ performance in the stretch run of the season will set the tone in terms of what the Chicago Bears roster looks like going forward. Complicating that is the ribs injury he suffered Nov. 21 during the aggravating 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fields missed the Thanksgiving Day victory in Detroit and Andy Dalton is set to start again Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. If you are compiling a list of young players not named Fields in position to offer hope for the future, start with outside linebacker Trevis Gipson. The 2020 fifth-round pick hasn’t gotten the attention given to wide receiver Darnell Mooney, tight end Cole Kmet, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, offensive tackles Larry Borom and Teven Jenkins or even running back Khalil Herbert, but Gipson is a player the Bears need to take a large step forward in the final six games. The others, of course, have carved out niches for themselves or are working to do that. Gipson has flashed on occasion, and with 17 games of experience entering...
    After moving past rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status, the Chicago Bears had a week of relative peace following their Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions. Now the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals come to town to try to disturb that calm. The Cardinals had extra time to prepare for the Bears coming off their bye week. They opened the season with seven straight victories before going 2-2 in their last four games, including 2-1 without quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray, who had a left ankle injury, could return Sunday after coach Kliff Kingsbury deemed him a game-day decision. The Bears, however, won’t have starting quarterback Justin Fields, who isn’t medically ready to return from broken ribs. Bears coach Matt Nagy named veteran Andy Dalton the starter for the second straight game. Dalton led the Bears to a 16-14 comeback victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving but will have a tougher test against one of the NFL’s top defenses. “We’ve got to be consistent with what we’re doing,” Dalton said. “To have that last drive (against...
              more   Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CARMICHAEL CONTINUED: Michael, I haven’t been the case itself, but I have been watching the Smollett case in Chicago. And there’s something that just kind of hits me as you see the reports on the case. And then you go back to the Rittenhouse case. You go to the Aubrey case and you go to the flash mobs that we talked about earlier and you talked about the protest. They’re all on video. Every single thing we’re talking about is on video. And it’s a fascinating thing to me that the left can see a video that people can see exactly the same thing and believe that and conclude the opposite of what they’re looking at. Now, in the case of Smollett, where a person is innocent until proven guilty, and...
    By Mary Chappell CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men were charged with attempted murder in the Wednesday night shooting of a Chicago Police officer in Calumet Heights, authorities said. READ MORE: Parents Of Michigan School Shooter Arrested After ManhuntAdonis Covington, 21, of Gresham, and Michael Taylor, 26, of Avalon Park, were charged with multiple felonies, including two counts attempted murder, according to Chicago Police. Michael Taylor, 26. A mugshot of Adonis Covington, 21, was unavailable. READ MORE: 2 Killed, 6 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In ChicagoPolice pulled over the car to conduct a “traffic investigation” Wednesday night in the 9200 block of Stony Island Avenue when they were involved in an exchange of gunfire with the offenders, police said. A Chicago Police officer was shot in the leg and the offenders tried to flee, police said. The officer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was stabilized. One of the offenders was shot in the torso, and his condition was unknown, according to police. Covington and Taylor were taken into custody shortly after the incident...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Patchy fog early this morning. It’ll be a mostly sunny day on Saturday for the Chicago area. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.After a mostly cloudy night on Saturday, we’ll see rain develop by mid-day Sunday. Very cold air begins the new week.December 4Normal- 40Friday- 51Today- 44Sunrise- 7:03am ForecastToday: patchy fog early, mostly sunny with a high of 44.Tonight: Mostly cloudy, low of 32.Sunday: rain by mid-day. High of 48.
    Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton will start his second straight game in place of Justin Fields on Sunday as the Bears host the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. As Fields recovers from broken ribs, Dalton will try to push the Bears to a second straight win against a much more difficult opponent than the winless Detroit Lions team he beat last week. As kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at the game. Chicago Bears (4-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) Kickoff: Noon Sunday at Soldier Field. TV and radio: FOX-32, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish). The line: Cardinals by 7½. Over/under: 43½. Sign up now to get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts first 1. Player in the spotlight The Cardinals declared quarterback Kyler Murray questionable to play Sunday in what would be his first game since Oct. 28 because of a left ankle injury. Coach Kliff Kingsbury called Murray a game-day decision — one that could drastically affect what the Bears are facing. In eight games before his injury, Murray threw...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago actor Sean Parris is one of the many of stars of "Christmas Again," premiering on Disney Channel and Disney+. The movie was shot in the city as well."It was the time of my life," Parris said. "It was so much fun. I'm a sucker for Christmas movies ever since I was a kid. It felt like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows by the fireplace in pajamas, and everything was good."Parris came to his adopted home of Chicago to study acting at DePaul University, where he now teaches. He's appeared on major stages all over the city."This is where I cut my teeth, became a better actor, learned how to act, had my das when I sucked, learned from that, got better," he said.Parris plays Uncle Bruce in "Christmas Again.""He's so jovial and exciting and hopeful. He believes in the partnership he's in, his marriage to a beautiful man, which is how he married into the family. And he loves the family," Parris said. "He also is, like, trained in judo. He loves judo. He's...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is not expected to return from his ribs injury Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, but one of his fellow rookies could potentially see his first NFL game action. Bears coach Matt Nagy named quarterback Andy Dalton the starter and Nick Foles the backup for the Week 13 game at Soldier Field, saying Fields is making progress but wasn’t ready to be medically cleared to play. Meanwhile, the Bears have cleared rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins to be activated 3½ months after he underwent back surgery. Jenkins, the No. 39 draft pick out of Oklahoma State in the spring, returned to practice Nov. 15 and is feeling good, Nagy said. Nagy indicated Jenkins — for now — will be offensive line depth behind veteran left tackle Jason Peters and rookie right tackle Larry Borom, but he also could be used on the field-goal/extra-points team or in special situations. Nagy said a rotation with Borom midseason might be too difficult to execute. “When you draft a guy you’re always anticipating how he’s going...
    Authorities said that both lanes of the interstate were shut down for at least 15 minutes while police conducted an investigation into the accident. The footage, according to the report, was initially captured by motorist Grzegorz Buczynski, a resident of Justice, Illinois, and shared to social media. What else is there to know? At least 5,005 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2019 according to the National Safety Council. Large trucks accounted for at least 10 percent of all vehicles involved in the fatal crashes. The National Safety Council defines a "large truck" as "any medium or heavy truck," commercial or otherwise, "not including buses and motor homes, with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds."
    Tamara Walker, one of several lawyers representing embattled Empire actor Smollett, accused Cook County Judge James Linn of 'physically lunging' at her Thursday after she motioned for a mistrial One of the attorneys representing Jussie Smollett called for a mistrial Thursday, spurring the judge presiding over the case to allegedly 'lunge' at the lawyer during Illinois court proceedings. Tamara Walker, one of several lawyers representing the embattled Empire actor, accused Cook County Judge James Linn of 'physically lunging' at her Thursday, during her team's cross-examination of a key witness in the case. The case looks to determine whether Smollet, an openly gay, African-American man, lied to police in 2019 when he said he was the victim of an alleged hate crime attack in Chicago in January of that year. Prosecutors allege that Smollett paid $3,500 to two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, to stage the attack, though Smollett vehemently denies such charges.  On Thursday, Smollett's legal team, particularly Walker, grilled Olabinjo about his past use of homophobic slurs.  During the cross-examination, Walker showed the court a social media post where...
    Billionaire donor George Soros, who has been quietly pumping millions into the campaigns of Democratic District Attorneys across the country Billionaire Democrat donor George Soros has bankrolled District Attorneys in America's most crime ravaged cities, where criminals are being allowed to walk out of jail on low cash bonds or aren't even being charged.  Soros, the most prolific Democratic donor, is most known for giving to Presidents Clinton and Obama but he has also been pumping money into a far-left effort to overhaul the criminal justice system by giving millions to a network of woke prosecutors in Democratic races.   Among them is Kim Foxx, the State's Attorney for Cook County, Chicago, where murder is at its highest in nearly 30 years.  In 2020, Soros donated $2million to a PAC that backed Foxx in her re-election campaign. She won the race and has since offered deferred prosecutions and softball deals to criminals.  In 2021, there were more murders in Chicago than in any other year since 1994.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nigerian brother who Jussie Smollett...
    This is the dramatic moment a driver desperately waved for help as a semi-truck pulled their car along a Chicago highway after the vehicle became stuck beneath it. Footage recorded on Tuesday at around 11.40am by a motorist travelling on Interstate 294 northbound showed a cloud of dust rising from beneath the truck as it travelled along the road. It was only after the filming vehicle drew closer to the truck that a black 2005 Honda Accord could be seen beneath it. The front half of the sedan had been crushed, and the rest of the motor appeared to be trapped beneath the truck. https://youtube.com/shorts/jxaMEQIH5hM?feature=share pulled him over on i294.. I was like wtf happend here.... than i saw the car and that person still inside..Posted by Grzesiek Misiek on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 A cloud of dust could be seen rising from beneath the truck as it travelled along the road, with the black Honda visibly wedged beneath it, being dragged along the road RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Alec Baldwin says he DOESN'T feel guilty...
    FOREST PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A suburban backyard was left in tatters with the garage and furniture hacked apart – and you won’t believe who was responsible. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, Jonathan Moody does not need video to remind him of May 15 – but there is video of what happened. READ MORE: Family, Friends Hold Candlelight Vigil For Slain Temple University Student Samuel Collington“What are you doing?” his wife is heard yelling in horror as a man smashes the windows and siding on their garage – with their patio furniture already lying wrecked behind the man. “It brings up just a lot of the trauma of that day,” Moody said. He can’t forget it, thanks to the missing window and cracked siding that greet him in his backyard each morning now. “Especially for my wife, she’s had a really hard time with it,” Moody said. “She’s having trouble sleeping, she’s barricading the doors at night sometimes. We ended up going to therapy for trauma, and it’s just been really rough on her.” The story starts in April,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers arrested for an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett recounted for Chicago police how the ex-“Empire” actor orchestrated the hoax, telling them via text message to meet him “on the low,” paying for supplies and holding a “dry run” in downtown Chicago, the lead investigator testified Tuesday. Taking the stand as prosecutors began their case against Smollett, former Chicago police detective Michael Theis said he initially viewed the actor as a victim of a homophobic and racist attack and that police “absolutely” didn’t rush to judgment as Smollett’s defense attorney alleged during opening statements Monday. Theis said roughly two dozen detectives clocked some 3,000 hours on what they thought was a “horrible hate crime” in January 2019. He said they were excited when they were able to track the movements of two suspected attackers using surveillance video, and cellphone and rideshare records. “The crime was a hate crime, a horrible hate crime,” Theis said, noting Smollett — who is Black and gay — reported that his attackers put a noose around his neck and poured bleach...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, honoring people or groups who’ve demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. They’re people nominated by you and as past heroes will tell you, the recognition lasts a lifetime. At just five years old, Hunter Johnson was officially declared a hero. READ MORE: CVS Installs Time-Delay Safes At All Illinois Pharmacy Locations To Deter Would-Be Thieves“I remember getting up to go to the bathroom to get the thermometer and feeling like I was getting tunnel vision.” With his older brother and sister at school, and dad away Hunter’s mom Suzanne collapsed at home. Hunter knew what to do. “So then I called 911.” And he showed the EMTs where his mother was when they arrived. Helping rescue his mother at age fie, it’s understandable Hunter doesn’t remember most of it 11 years later. “I hear lots of stories and get little bits of it. And I get like these small little flashes,” he said. They hadn’t seen his youth hero video since then....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s top doctor said the Omicron variant of COVID-19 could be detected in Chicago very soon. Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Omicron emerged quickly in South Africa and while it’s concerning, the COVID vaccine is still the best defense. READ MORE: Cook County Surpasses 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994“As of yesterday (Monday), it had already been detected in Africa and Asia, Australia, Europe, in Canada,” Arwady said. “It had not been detected in the U.S., but I have no reason to think that there are not at least a few cases of it here and I would expect us to be formally detecting it in days or weeks.” Arwady added “I’m concerned about it. No, the sky is not falling, but we need to be serious and we need to get people vaccinated.” The city’s school district will kick off a pilot program that starts in one unnamed school to test for COVID for students that consent to be tested. It’s called Test to Stay and it’s where...
    Jussie Smollett was allegedly seen on video conducting a dry run of his attack the day before it took place, further lending credence to the prosecution’s claims that he orchestrated the whole thing.  During opening arguments on Monday, special prosecutor Dan Webb told the jury that Smollett was upset that a threatening hate letter that was sent to the studio behind "Empire" wasn’t taken seriously enough. As a result, Webb is hoping to convince a jury that the actor hired brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo to attack him.  One potentially damning piece of evidence teased during Webb’s opening arguments was that there is surveillance video showing Smollett and the two siblings, who he worked with on "Empire," doing a kind of "dry run" of the attack in the area the day before it allegedly took place.  The prosecution will allege what the Osundairo brothers have already told investigators, that they were cut a check for $3,500 after the dry run and given $100 in cash to get supplies to stage the attack at Smollett’s behest.  JUSSIE SMOLLETT ARRIVES TO COURT...
    After a mini-bye weekend, the Chicago Bears returned to Halas Hall on Monday to review film from their 16-14 win over the Detroit Lions and hold a short practice. As he recovers from broken ribs, rookie quarterback Justin Fields worked to the side with other injured players during the portion of practice open to the media, and coach Matt Nagy said Bears medical staff still is working through whether Fields will be cleared this week. Without Fields playing against the Lions, the Bears couldn’t assess the growth of their most important player. But there were still moments that mattered for the Bears future in the unconvincing win against the 0-10-1 Lions. As the Bears move on from last week’s tumult around Nagy’s job status and focus on Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, here are five significant things to take from Thursday’s win. 1. Darnell Mooney topped 120 receiving yards for the second straight game and third time this season. Mooney said after the game he wasn’t happy with his performance against the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is reeling over their beloved dog, Ruby, who was killed when someone fired six shots into their car as their pet was in the backseat. The Friday after Thanksgiving, they were driving back home to Chicago. It all started on the Bishop Ford Freeway at 115th Street, but ended at the emergency vet, where the couple was forced to say goodbye to Ruby. READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Wound-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In RoselandNow Illinois State Police are asking for your help tracking down the shooter. Loving, energetic and loyal; not even 3 years old; brown-eyed, rescued border collie mix, Ruby, was more than a dog to her people, Joan Levergood and Doug Johnson. “She was a family member,” Joan said. A family that celebrates Thanksgiving together; so Ruby was along for the ride to and from Michigan for their celebrations. Ruby snuggled between them after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day; the last picture they have together. “She was a good, good pup,” Joan said. A memory, that only makes looking...
    EMPIRE actor Jussie Smollett was accused by Chicago Police of paying two men to attack him in a bid to boost his career. Jury selection in Smollett’s criminal trial is scheduled to start in Chicago on Monday, November 29, 2021. 2 The trial for Jussie Smollett begins on Monday, November 29, 2021 Who is Jussie Smollett? The 39-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox hip-hop musical drama series Empire, for which he received great acclaim. Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant as Ricks, and in Marshall as Langston Hughes. He began his career as a child actor in 1987 starring in commercials and films, including The Mighty Ducks in 1992 and Rob Reiner's North in 1994. Jussie came out as gay in March 2015 during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since the alleged attack, Jussie Smollett has not appeared in any new television shows or movies, and has since been dropped from the cast of Empire. Was the Empire star attacked in hate crime...
    Actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for jury selection at his trial in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Jury selection began Monday in the criminal trial of Jussie Smollett , a black actor who claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in Chicago only to have authorities allege he fabricated the event. Smollett claimed that in late January 2019, two men wearing ski masks assaulted him while he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. The men started yelling racist, anti-gay, pro-Donald Trump comments at him before turning violent, he claimed. Smollett said the men beat him and tied a noose around his neck. Smollett's manager called the police, and officers rushed to his apartment to find Smollett with the rope still tied around his neck. "I just wanted y'all to see it," he told them. JUSSIE SMOLLETT CRIMINAL TRIAL SET TO BEGIN MONDAY The incident garnered international headlines and put intense pressure on the Chicago Police Department to find the culprits. But then, it began to unravel. Two siblings who worked...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers stand at the center of the case that prosecutors will lay before jurors when the trial of Jussie Smollett begins this week. The 39-year-old former “Empire” actor, who is Black and gay, contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago in January 2019. The siblings, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers. Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged attack and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. A class 4 felony, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service. The trial starts with jury selection Monday in a Chicago courtroom and is expected to last a week. It is not known whether Smollett will testify. But the siblings, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, will take the witness stand. They are expected to repeat what they...
    This it the terrifying moment machine gun shooting erupted on the streets of Chicago in a bloody Thanksgiving weekend of gun violence.  Three people were killed and another 40 were shot over the holiday weekend in the latest surge in violent crime.  Footage posted online shows a man, who does not appear to have a gun, running through the streets of Chicago as machine gun fire erupts nearby.   Hours earlier a man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed in southern Chicago after he was shot several times in the back of his legs. It is not yet know if two incidents were connected.  A 50-year-old man was shot in the chest during an attempted robbery on the city's Far South Side and a 22-year-old was struck in the leg by gunfire in the 5500 block of West Belmont Avenue on Sunday morning.   Meanwhile video showed a vehicle overturned at the intersection of Huron and Wells after the two people inside were shot during a car chase.  So far this year in Chicago, shooting incidents have seen a nine per cent...
    The trial of Jussie Smollett kicks off on Monday, nearly three years after the 39-year-old actor allegedly orchestrated a hate crime against himself, telling police that two White men in MAGA hats attacked him, shouted slurs, and put a noose around his neck.  Just weeks after the alleged assault, two brothers who knew Smollett through the television show "Empire," Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, told police that Smollett actually paid them $3,500 to stage the whole thing.  The case has polarized the nation due to the politically and racially charged nature of the alleged hoax, and Americans nationwide will be watching intently to see if Smollett defends himself by taking the witness stand, a move that defense attorneys and prosecutors tell Fox News could make or break the case.  In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after an initial court appearance on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year. ...
    The Chicago Cubs could be interested in addressing a couple needs with one player as they are apparently looking at a pitcher who wants to emulate Shohei Ohtani. Versatility should be something that more teams value. The ability to play multiple roles and take care of a few different issues with just one player is a huge factor more teams need to consider regularly when entering into free agency. It’s something that generally gets brought up when discussing how some infielders are able to move around depending on a team’s particular needs, but now it might get discussed more in regards to pitchers thanks to the dominance of Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is a generational talent who is able to dominate both as a pitcher and seemingly whenever he steps up to the plate for an at bat. Now it looks like one free agent pitcher is interested in having the same sort of opportunities that Ohtani does. And interestingly enough, some teams, including the Chicago Cubs are apparently pretty interested in him.Chicago Cubs free agency: Cubs reportedly...
    During a week of confusion and tumult, reports and rumors, the Chicago Bears needed something to lean on. Anything, really. Burdened by their five-game losing streak and then left to sift through the growing uncertainty regarding coach Matt Nagy’s job security, players and coaches had to push to retain their focus and the concentration of those around them. Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton was happy to do his part. On Wednesday night, at Nagy’s behest, Dalton spoke to the team at their hotel as a way of helping to recenter the group. A day later, he threw for 317 yards, drilled a 17-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham and led an 18-play, game-winning field-goal drive that allowed the Bears to edge the last-place Detroit Lions 16-14 on the final snap at Ford Field. Dalton’s Thanksgiving eve pep talk? “I just spoke from the heart,” he said. “It’s what it all boils down to. I just felt like there was something in talking about what we needed in this moment.” Added receiver Darnell Mooney on...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Ariel is the PAWS Dog of the Week. The 2-year-old is a certified chiller. Napping is her pastime- you catch her on her bed, on the floor, or on the couch dozing off. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain, Snow Mix Followed By SunshineShe thrives off cuddles, belly rubs and receiving pets. A fast learner, she is very responsive to rewards and is already working on her training. She is shy meeting new people, but warms up with time. READ MORE: Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton Faces Driving While Intoxicated Charge After Recent In Northwest IndianaAriel can be nervous on walks, so she is looking for a quiet home and neighborhood, with kids ages 12 or older, and a family that is willing to take things slow while Ariel gets to know her new people. Ariel might also like another large, calm, confident dog in her home to show her the ropes! Ariel, along with many other adorable dogs and cats, are available for adoption at PAWS Chicago through their In-Person Adoption Appointment Process. Visit pawschicago.org to learn more...
    Justin Fields is moving around “pretty good,” according to coach Matt Nagy, but it’s premature to say what the rookie quarterback’s status will be with the Chicago Bears, who launched into a mini-bye weekend Friday. Fields was inactive for Thursday’s come-from-behind, 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, sidelined with what Nagy confirmed were cracked ribs. On Friday morning, with players set to be off for the weekend, Nagy said he didn’t know the recovery time, but it’s certainly possible the first-round draft pick could return and start against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 5 at Soldier Field. “We have some time on our side right now,” Nagy said. “Every day matters for him. I think he’s doing a good job of keeping the communication open. But we’re going to have to wait and see truly where his health is to the point of him being able to play or not play. We don’t want to obviously risk more injury to him as well.” The status of inside linebacker Roquan Smith also remains up in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Temperatures will gradually warm up slightly over the next week. Tonight: READ MORE: Allstate CTA Holiday Train Returns This Weekend With Added COVID-19 ProceduresCloudy. Low 28. READ MORE: Chicago Premium Outlets In Aurora Reach Capacity Limit For The Second Time On Black FridayTomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain with a few snowflakes. High 42. MORE NEWS: Burglars Target The North Face Store, Foot Locker In Wicker ParkMid 40s by mid-week. Otherwise, dry and quiet.
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Premium Outlet Mall reaches the capacity limit on Black Friday. #APDAlert: The Chicago Premium Outlets Mall has again reached capacity. The entrances have been closed off temporarily and all traffic will be re-directed until further notice. #AuroraBlackFriday pic.twitter.com/dJUbeNzFN0 — Aurora Police Department (@AuroraPoliceIL) November 26, 2021 In a tweet by the Aurora Police Department, doors are closed until further notice and traffic have been redirected.
    The Chicago Bears have signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse, a move that takes the team a step closer toward securing property for a new stadium and leaving their longtime home at Soldier Field. The Bears on June 17 submitted one of multiple bids to purchase the Arlington Heights property, which Churchill Downs Inc. last winter announced would be up for sale for redevelopment. Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement that finalizing the agreement was the “critical next step in continuing our exploration of the property and its potential.” Churchill Downs announced the sale price was $197.2 million and said it anticipated closing the sale in late 2022 or early 2023. Soldier Field, which is owned by the Chicago Park District, holds 61,500 fans, the smallest capacity in the NFL. The Bears also would be able to develop the 326-acre property around the stadium with shopping, dining and entertainment. Here’s what to know about the possible move from Soldier Field, with reaction from City Hall to Arlington Heights. What would...
    Justin Fields is moving around “pretty good,” according to coach Matt Nagy, but it’s premature to say what the rookie quarterback’s status will be with the Chicago Bears, who are launched into a mini bye weekend Friday. Fields was inactive for Thursday’s come-from-behind 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, sidelined with what Nagy confirmed were cracked ribs. On Friday morning, with players set to be off for the weekend, Nagy said he didn’t know the recovery length, but it’s certainly possible the first-round draft pick could return and start against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 5 at Soldier Field. “We have some time on our side right now,” Nagy said. “Every day matters for him. I think he’s doing a good job of keeping the communication open. But we’re gonna have to wait and see truly where his health is to the point of him being able to play or not play. We don’t wanna obviously risk more injury to him as well.” The status of inside linebacker Roquan Smith also remains up in...
    Playing on Thanksgiving is nothing new for the Chicago Bears, who have done it 37 times — the third most in the NFL. Known as the Decatur and then Chicago Staleys for its first two Thanksgiving games, the team competed on the November holiday annually for 19 consecutive years from 1920-38. The venue that has hosted the Bears most on Thanksgiving — 11 times — is Wrigley Field. Here’s a look back at the team’s record on the holiday from the past century. Memorable Thanksgiving game moments for the Bears Nov. 26, 1925: The Bears and Chicago Cardinals play to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field before 36,000 people — then the largest crowd in professional football history. It’s also the first professional football game for Red Grange, whose signing from the University of Illinois days earlier is credited with helping legitimize the NFL. The teams face each other on Thanksgiving in 1926 — with the game resulting in another scoreless tie. Nov. 29, 1934: The defending champion Bears defeat the Lions 19-16 in the...
    As Cairo Santos sent a 28-yard field goal through the uprights while the seconds wound down Thursday afternoon, he saved the Chicago Bears from a bad week turning into an even bigger embarrassment. The Bears didn’t need to give the Detroit Lions their first win of the season on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Not after Bears rookie Justin Fields injured his ribs and was forced to sit out. Not after a report emerged that Bears ownership told coach Matt Nagy it was going to fire him after the Thanksgiving game. Not after Nagy’s bosses left him to refute the report to the media himself. Santos’ field goal in the final seconds lifted the Bears to a 16-14 victory over the Lions that snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a nightmare of a week. Bears quarterback Andy Dalton, filling in for the injured Fields, completed 24 of 39 passes for 317 yards with a touchdown and an interception to lead the Bears to the victory. The winning drive included a nice play on third-and-5 in...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears went on an 18-play drive that lasted the final 8 minutes, 30 seconds of Thursday’s game at Ford Field to set up Cairo Santos’ walk-off 28-yard field goal to defeat the Detroit Lions 16-14 and end a five-game losing streak. 1. Matt Nagy got a reprieve as the Bears encountered a team that consistently does more head-scratching and unpredictably dumb football stuff than they do. The Bears were able to take advantage — even if it required every second of all 60 minutes — and extend the misery of the Lions, who fell to 0-10-1 and have not won since a Dec. 6, 2020, trip to Soldier Field last season. The Lions are 0-14-1 since that afternoon, which was their first game after firing general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia on Thanksgiving weekend. The Lions opted to reboot their franchise over the holiday a year ago, and while it looked earlier this week like there was a possibility the Bears would begin a similar process, now it appears that plan...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Stores have already opened their doors for Black Friday shopping. Here’s what you need to know. Walmart and Best Buy opened early. READ MORE: Brookfield Zoo's 'Holiday Magic' Light Festival Returns Friday For 40th YearMacy’s, Bath and Body Works, Home Depot, and Lowes will all open at 6 a.m. At 7 a.m., Target, GameStop, and TJ Maxx will open their doors. If you’re looking to upgrade your tech, Apple opens at 8 a.m. So does Hobby Lobby for anyone looking to stock up on holiday decor. And finally, for those looking to do Black Friday in bulk, Costco opens at 9 a.m. READ MORE: Art On TheMART Debuting 'Shaping The Future' Projections FridayCBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported live outside Best Buy in South Loop where there have not been as big of crowds as in past years. The store manager told Barack that’s because they released their Black Friday sale prices days ago and many people are sleeping in. The manager said they will make their way to the store later. Experts say shoppers in the market for...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– It’s going to be a cold day for Black Friday shoppers. Bone chilling cold starts out Friday with temperatures start in the teens and 20s. Some sunshine returns later in the day as temperatures reach highs in the low 30s. Yipes … its cold out there. Wind chills in the single digits @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/RVMbFHOVTo — Laura Bannon (@LBannonWX) November 26, 2021 Saturday starts off chilly with an increase of clouds and chance of a sprinkle or flurry. Both Saturday and Sunday highs hold in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
    Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions are in Matt Nagy’s household? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff. What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may be just getting started. After the Bears suffered a brutal home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and then followed with three days of commotion centered around the coach’s job security and grip on the locker room, Bears players regrouped just enough Thursday to sneak past the miserable Lions 16-14 at Ford Field. The victory itself was far from impressive. Miles from it actually, merely earning the Bears an “At least you’re not the Lions” medallion. But at the very least, it ended the team’s 45-day stretch without a victory, snapped a five-game losing streak and allowed Nagy some much-needed relief as he headed into a long weekend. “This is about the team,” Nagy said during a 10-minute postgame news conference....